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Biological dad, step-dad face off in a surprisingly sweet film

Biological dad, step-dad face off in a surprisingly sweet film

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015
It’s OK if you’re skeptical about the Will Ferrell vs. Mark Wahlberg vehicle “Daddy’s Home.”
 
'Youth': Musing about aging and movies

'Youth': Musing about aging and movies

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015
“Youth,” writer-director Paolo Sorrentino’s visually extravagant meditation on old age, is the simple, near-plotless tale of two old friends — a retired composer and orchestra director (Michael Caine) and a filmmaker (Harvey Keitel) — vacationing at a luxurious Swiss spa and resort.
 
Miracle Mops to movie stars: The real Joy dishes on 'Joy

Miracle Mops to movie stars: The real Joy dishes on 'Joy

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015
So then there was that time that Joy Mangano, "Miracle Mop" inventor and home shopping entrepreneur, was sitting at a meeting wedged between Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. And De Niro leaned over and said: "Joy, I have to talk to you. I have such a great idea for a product!"
 
'Star Wars' named Associated Press Entertainer of the Year
LOS ANGELES

'Star Wars' named Associated Press Entertainer of the Year

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015
"Star Wars" isn't just strong. It's unstoppable.
 
Looking at financial crisis with humor and outrage

Looking at financial crisis with humor and outrage

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015
The film "The Big Short" clearly lays out the intricacies of the 2008 global financial crisis, demonstrating the ways in which bankers wrung money out of a housing market made out of wishes and dreams.
 
Holiday poll: My favorite Christmas movie is ...

Holiday poll: My favorite Christmas movie is ...

Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015
In an unofficial and unscientific survey done by The Gazette, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story” were clearly head and shoulders above the rest among Capital Region residents.
 
'Force Awakens' crosses $250M globally after record Friday
NEW YORK

'Force Awakens' crosses $250M globally after record Friday

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has already surpassed $100 million in North America, and $250 million globally, setting it up for a record-setting weekend.
 
'Force Awakens' pulls in record $57M on opening night
NEW YORK

'Force Awakens' pulls in record $57M on opening night

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has set a box office record with an estimated $57 million from Thursday night shows.
 
A ‘Force’ to be reckoned with

A ‘Force’ to be reckoned with

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened to the American public Thursday evening. And it is good.
 
‘Sisters’ is a fun party, and you’re invited

‘Sisters’ is a fun party, and you’re invited

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
“Sisters“ often seems less like a movie than a substance-fueled free-for-all that cameras just happened to catch.
 
Alvin and Chipmunks puzzlingly popular but back on big screen

Alvin and Chipmunks puzzlingly popular but back on big screen

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
The persistence of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” as a cultural text is rather baffling. The mischievous singing rodents were created in 1958 for a novelty record, which makes them 57 years old.
 
Excitement peaks for latest 'Star Wars' debut
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Excitement peaks for latest 'Star Wars' debut

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015
The Force is strong on Meadow Lane. Cate Brizzell first sensed the cosmic power in 1977, when she experienced “Star Wars” for the first time.
 
 Star Wars ‘Awakens’ with great force

Star Wars ‘Awakens’ with great force

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
J.J. Abrams had the weight of Hollywood, if not the entire galaxy, on his shoulders. As writer and director of the seventh installment in the “Star Wars” franchise, he was expected to satisfy two generations of fans, many of whom had been let down by the last three George Lucas-directed movies.
 
'Star Wars' premiere crowd cheers for familiar, new faces
LOS ANGELES

'Star Wars' premiere crowd cheers for familiar, new faces

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
The reaction was strong to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the film's world premiere in Hollywood.
 
With 'Force Awakens' looming, 'Heart of the Sea' sinks
NEW YORK

With 'Force Awakens' looming, 'Heart of the Sea' sinks

Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
The movie industry braced for the coming storm of "The Force Awakens" over a quiet weekend where "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" notched its fourth-straight week atop the box office and Ron Howard's whaling tale "In the Heart of the Sea" capsized.
 
 

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